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STAYING COVID-19 SAFE

PMF has been working hard to put measures in place, in line with Government guidelines, to enable us to open our Centre, to the public and to ensure the safety of all our trustees, staff, volunteers and visitors.

In order to comply with Government’s guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19, we have:

  • Carried out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment 
  • Cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place
  • Taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance and where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

The Coronavirus pandemic is set to fundamentally change the way we live our lives.

To help, we are trying to bring you the most up to date information and try to answer your questions on these issues best we can. The link below offer a wide varied of information to hopefully, answer your questions or direct you to more information and guidance.

https://www.preston.gov.uk/covidchampions

CORONAVIRUS COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The coronavirus pandemic caused a strong sense of fear, anxiety and paranoia across the community. Whilst some people are able to cope, for many it has had a negative impact on their social, physical and mental well-being.

PMF adapted in the way we continue to offer our services and respond creatively with new ways to meet the needs of the community most at risk throughout the pandemic. We collaborated and worked more closely with other local organisations including foodbanks to provide an integrated response in helping us to deal with the effects of the corona virus crisis and minimise its impact on the community. Below are types of corona specific services provided throughout the pandemic:

‘Call & Chat’ Service

To regularly check-in with our most vulnerable clients and families that are either shielding, isolating or lonely at least once a week by telephone to check on their welfare.

Support Groups

Following requests we commenced a women’s support group and an elderly support group. These sessions were used to discuss the impact of lock down and restrictions with a view to develop ways to continue engagement and be physically and mentally active.

covid support group

Food Distribution

Supply food parcels to those socially and economically disadvantaged, self-isolating, elderly or disabled.

food distribution

Provide Key Messages

Our activities provided an opportunity to listen to concerns, feedback, myths and rumours about Covid-19 as well as communicating information about the virus, enabling us to adapt our responses based on what we hear from the groups/beneficiaries, including correcting misinformation or changing the way we work. 

We also distributed leaflets in the area on behalf of the Council and on key Public Health messages regarding keeping safe from the coronavirus.

Community Champions

We have recently partnered up with Preston City Council through the Community Champions scheme to deliver a wide range of measures to protect those most at risk from COVID-19 and boost vaccine take up. We will deliver a wide range of measures to build trust, communicate accurate health information and ultimately help to save lives. This will also include developing new networks of trusted local champions.

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